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tom·​cat ˈtäm-ˌkat How to pronounce tomcat (audio)
: a male domestic cat


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tomcatted; tomcatting; tomcats

intransitive verb

: to seek sexual gratification promiscuously : cat
often used with around

Examples of tomcat in a Sentence

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Note that the scent does not draw squirrels, tomcats, or teenage boys. James Shreeve, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 The only good feral tomcat is one with an arrow through its head! Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2023 Her big red tomcat, Rex, lolls at her feet. Suzanne Van Atten, ajc, 12 Oct. 2013 The eggs were fertilized with sperm from a non-fluorescent tomcat and implanted in female cats, and five fluorescent green kittens were born, out of a total of eleven embryos (three now survive, as one was stillborn and another died during birth). Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 12 Sep. 2011 That’s because her mother was gray and white and her father was a big orange tomcat. Karen Jones, cleveland, 3 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1789, in the meaning defined above


1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tomcat was in 1789

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“Tomcat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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: a male domestic cat

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